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Explore Singapore's great outdoors: Work up a sweat this school holidays

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Nature park in Singapore. PHOTO: Getty Images
Nature park in Singapore. PHOTO: Getty Images

Many of us lament that there’s not much we can do back home in terms of outdoor activities. No doubt Singapore can’t compare to the likes of the Australian outback and the National Parks in countries like the US. But there’s actually a wide diversity of flora and fauna in our garden city if we would just give it a chance.

Did you know that Singapore has 350 parks and 4 nature reserves? And that our entire island is well-connected by an interlinked network called the Park Connector Network (PCN)? There are plenty of designated green spaces where we can indulge in our favourite outdoor activities. Be it water sports, running, hiking, cycling or simply walking, find out where you can go to reap the therapeutic benefits of nature on the National Parks website. But before you head out, check out the safe distancing site for traffic at these locations.

Get far from the madding crowds in the malls. With the COVID-19 situation peaking, there’s no better time to get out there and explore Singapore’s great outdoors. Here’s a list of our favourite outdoor activities you can engage in, as well as accompanying gear and accessories to work out safely and head out in style. And don't forget the sunscreen!

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Outdoor Adventures Stand-Up Paddling at Sentosa, S$100

PHOTO: Klook. Outdoor Adventures Stand-Up Paddling
PHOTO: Klook. Outdoor Adventures Stand-Up Paddling

Kayaking with Certification, from S$60

PHOTO: Klook. Outdoor Adventures Kayaking with Certification
PHOTO: Klook. Outdoor Adventures Kayaking with Certification

Scuba Diving At Pulau Hantu, from S$130

PHOTO: Klook. Scuba Diving At Pulau Hantu in Singapore
PHOTO: Klook. Scuba Diving At Pulau Hantu in Singapore

Wear a long-sleeve UV top to counteract the long hours under the sun

MULAWEAR Reverse Tie-Up Long Sleeves, S$49

Mulawear Reverse Tie-Up Long Sleeves. PHOTO: Lazada
Mulawear Reverse Tie-Up Long Sleeves. PHOTO: Lazada

Run like the wind

Since the start of the pandemic, more have embraced running and discovered the joys of pounding the streets. Not only is running a good form of cardio exercise, the weight-bearing workout also builds bone density. Are your sports shoes worse for wear now? Check out our Yahoo TV video above to find out how you can prolong the shelf life of your favourite kicks.

Skechers Men Sport Casual Stamina Airy Shoes, S$90 (was S$129)

For walks.

Skechers Men Sport Casual Stamina Airy Shoes. PHOTO: Skechers
Skechers Men Sport Casual Stamina Airy Shoes. PHOTO: Skechers

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2, Men's, S$299

For runs.

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2, Men's. PHOTO: Nike
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2, Men's. PHOTO: Nike

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7, Women's, S$179 (was S$219)

For runs.

PHOTO: Nike. Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7, Women's
PHOTO: Nike. Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 7, Women's

Ladies, never run without a good sports bra!

Alo Yoga Airlift Take Charge bra, S$92

Alo Yoga Airlift Take Charge Bra. PHOTO: Alo Yoga
Alo Yoga Airlift Take Charge Bra. PHOTO: Alo Yoga

Lululemon AirSupport Bra, High Support, C–DDD Cups, US$98

Lululemon AirSupport Bra, High Support, C–DDD Cups
Lululemon AirSupport Bra, High Support, C–DDD Cups

Let’s hike and do some forest-bathing

It took a pandemic and travel restrictions for locals to explore our own backyards. In fact, many have been pleasantly surprised at the diversity of nature that Singapore has to offer, in terms of flora and fauna, PCNs and even off-the-beaten-track trails that are so worth exploring. Who knows, you may be the next to discover wild boars and monkeys commonly seen during hikes in Singapore.

[Read] Wildlife sightings in Singapore

Word of caution: During wild animal sightings, always stay calm and move as quietly and as slowly as possible. It is best to avoid the path of the wild animals. Animals have an in-built self-defence mechanism and do not attack unless antagonised. Always remember that we are in their habitat and not the other way around.

All you need now to get started is a pair of sturdy and hardworking hiking boots and some rainproof equipment.

Timberland X Raeburn GS Edge 6 inch boots, S$333.99

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Timberland X Raeburn GS Edge 6 inch boots. PHOTO: ASOS
Timberland X Raeburn GS Edge 6 inch boots. PHOTO: ASOS

Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot, S$137.25

Assorted colours.

PHOTO: Amazon. Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot
PHOTO: Amazon. Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot

Outdoor 40L Mountaineering Backpack, Waterproof, S$39.00 (was S$77.99)

CAMEL Outdoor 40L Mountaineering Backpack, Waterproof. PHOTO: Lazada
CAMEL Outdoor 40L Mountaineering Backpack, Waterproof. PHOTO: Lazada

If you love cycling

There's nothing like having the wind blow in your face and vitamin D shining on you to rejuvenate and recharge. But sore butts are a real pain in the ass, literally. Here's a pro-tip: Many cycling pros swear by the chamois cream. Apply to butt before your rides. Try it for yourself!

Get a bicycle

Is the glaring sun preventing you from having a safe ride? Get polarized sports sunglasses you can wear everywhere.

Polarized Sports Sunglasses, Unisex, S$235.85

PHOTO: Amazon. Polarized Sports Sunglasses for Women & Men
PHOTO: Amazon. Polarized Sports Sunglasses for Women & Men

Men's Bicycle Pants, Coolmax, padded, S$42.50

PHOTO: Amazon. Men's Bicycle Pants, Coolmax, padded
PHOTO: Amazon. Men's Bicycle Pants, Coolmax, padded

More bicycle shorts from Amazon

Lorna Jane Gloss Bike Short, S$40 (was S$89.99)

More bike shorts at Lorna Jane

PHOTO: Amazon. Bike Short
PHOTO: Amazon. Bike Short

MULAWEAR Flex Leggings Short Pants, S$72

Mulawear Flex Leggings Short Pants. PHOTO: Amazon
Mulawear Flex Leggings Short Pants. PHOTO: Amazon

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